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Date:7/14/2014 12:22:00 AM
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Cheyenne has been doing great so far in her training. I discovered that she is scared of a lot of things so I have been working on desensitizing her. The first time I tried to throw a rope over her back she ran in circles around me, now she stands still and lets me toss it all over her. I have gotten her used to a plastic bag and umbrella opening right by her face to. I lunge her for about 5-10 minutes every day. She is getting the hang of it and she is learning what reverse means. She needs some work on walk, trot and whoa though. Its really hot today so she is getting the day of. Yesterday I turned her out with Cherokee and Dakota for the first time. Cherokee chased her a little but now he is leaving her alone.

Todays blog is about Comanche, supposedly the sole survivor of General Custer's 7th Cavalry detachment at the Battle of Little Big Horn.
The horse was bought by the U.S. Army in 1868 in St. Louis, Missouri and sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His ancestry and date of birth were both uncertain. Captain Myles Keogh of the 7th Cavalry liked the 15 -hand bay gelding and bought him for his personal mount, to be ridden only in battle. In 1868, while the army was fighting the Comanche in Kansas, the horse was wounded in the hindquarters by an arrow, but continued to carry Keogh in the fight. He named the horse “Comanche” to honor his bravery. Comanche was wounded many more times, but always exhibited the same toughness.
On June 25, 1876, Captain Keogh rode Comanche at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, led by Lt Col. George Armstrong Custer. The battle was notable as their entire detachment was killed. US soldiers found Comanche, badly wounded, two days after the battle. After being transported to Fort Lincoln, he was slowly nursed back to health. After a lengthy convalescence, Comanche was retired.
Comanche was a veteran, 21 years old, and had been with the 7th Cavalry since its Organization in '66.... He was found by Sergeant [Milton J.] DeLacey in a ravine where he had crawled, there to die and feed the Crows. He was raised up and tenderly cared for. His wounds were serious, but not necessarily fatal if properly looked after...He carries seven scars from as many bullet wounds. There are four back of the foreshoulder, one through a hoof, and one on either hind leg. On the Custer battlefield (actually Fort Abraham Lincoln) three of the balls were extracted from his body and the last one was not taken out until April '77. Comanche died of colic on November 7, 1891, around 29 years old. He is one of only two horses in United States history to be buried with full military honors, the other being Black Jack.
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